Last Sunday in Cleveland the Bengals pulled off an opening day win as they used some fourth quarter magic to beat the rival Browns 27-17. This Sunday they travel to Denver to take on a Broncos team still smarting from a 23-20 home loss to the Raiders Monday night.
If Cincy is going to get their second straight road win, they are going to need to do it with a run game that had success against the Browns. Cedric Benson ran for the clinching score late, and also ended the day with 121 yards and a score.
He will go up against a Broncos team that needs to step up after allowing the Raiders to run for 190. At the QB spot, Andy Dalton started the game fast, getting the Bengals to a 13-0 lead, but had to take a seat in the 2nd half due to a bruised forearm.
Bruce Gradkowski came off the bench and played the entire second half Sunday. The veteran went 5 for 12 for 92 yards, including a 41-yard, go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter to first-round pick A.J. Green on a quick snap that caught the Browns off-guard.
The Bengals can’t make mistakes, and have to hold the ball and be smart with the ball like they were against the Browns. If they can do that, they could hand the Broncos their first 0-2 start in 12 seasons.
Denver had major problems on Monday night, and couldn’t do much in the run game against the Raiders. The Bengals did a nice job against the Browns run game, and will need that type of effort again.
Kyle Orton will get the start again for the Broncos, and the Bengals want him to hear the same “Tebow! Tebow!” chants he heard walking off the field as a losing QB Monday night.
Orton was sacked five times and completed 24 of 46 passes for 304 yards with an interception, but first-year Broncos coach John Fox has no plans of turning to Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn.
More bad news for the Broncos, as starting tailback Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), who had 22 of Denver’s 38 rushing yards, also might not be available.
The Bengals can’t rest on what they did against the Browns. This is a new week, and they need to go to Denver with the same killer instinct they had heading into Cleveland.
The Broncos, have won eight straight over Cincinnati in Denver since a 17-16 loss November 9th, 1975. Sunday the Bengals need to show they are the better team, and they are based on week one vs Cleveland. Bengals 24 Broncos 17